Texas' Mess Of A Democratic Primary System May Be Changing

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The Democratic Party of Texas caught

some grief

this year for its strange method of choosing delegates to the national convention, an odd and confusing hybrid of a primary and a caucus.

The system ended up favoring urban, liberal parts of the state this year -- Hillary Clinton won the popular vote statewide, but when it came time to awarding delegates Barack Obama got more.

There's a move on to change the system, and it looks like Houstonians will get a chance to be heard.

Hearings have been conducted by Dallas State Senator Royce West; one held Friday in Austin was believed to have been the final one.

But the Austin American-Statesmen's blog reports that West surprised attendees by announcing further hearings will be held in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

We've put in calls to West's office to find out if a date has been set; we'll let you know when we hear.

Update: No date has been set yet; an announcement is expected to come in the next few days.

-- Richard Connelly

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